Your not-so-quiet night at the museum! Join the revelry every third Thursday of the month for live music, free programs, art activities and more…all just for adults!

January 16: The Nelson-Atkins and Planet Comicon are teaming up again! Many interesting people from the local cosplay community will be on hand to spread the superhero spirit! Be sure to dress as your favorite Superhero and during the evening, look for a chance to win a passes to Planet Comicon Kansas City's show scheduled for March 20-22, 2020!

Are you a performer, vendor, organization or just inspired and interested in making Third Thursdays amazing? Please contact us with your vision for getting involved.

Superheroes and Shuttlecocks

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DJ Joe: The Live Experience

Get ready for a musical joy ride like never before in KC. DJ Joe “The Mad Scientist” presents “The DJ JOE LIVE EXPERIENCE!” This high energy show includes the sounds of DJ Ice Kole, Nikol Straws, DJ Skilled Hands, Jamie Searle, Rickey Parker, and Cory Doss. This mix of High energy DJs and a live band, will be amazing! Oh did we forget to mention the Neon Drum Line featuring the Straws Brothers!

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Planet Comicon

Planet Comicon Kansas City (PCKC) is proud to once again work with the Nelson’s Third Thursday ‘Superheroes and Shuttlecocks’ event. PCKC is the region’s largest pop culture convention, with our next show scheduled for March 20-22, 2022. PCKC has experienced tremendous growth becoming one of the top 10 Comic Conventions in the country and the largest consumer show in the city, welcoming tens of thousands of fans to downtown KC every year.

At Planet Comicon Kansas City, fans of TV, movie, comics, science fiction, fantasy, gaming and much more gather to collect celebrity autographs, meet comic book creators, play games, explore vendor tables, participate in cosplay activities, enjoy interactive exhibits, attend hundreds of hours of programming, and connect with fellow fans. Come see what all the excitement is about at Planet Comicon! Learn more about this year’s lineup at

We will be giving away two passes to Planet Comicon.

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Galactic Saber

Channel your inner Jedi or Sith with Galactic Saber, a new kind of light saber league! The French Fencing Federation has recently recognized light saber duels as an official sport, and Kansas City’s Galactic Saber League utilizes martial art and fencing experts to teach saber combat adjust for the French Fencing Federation rule book. Find out more info at their table and witness some pop-up battles!

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Superhero Training

Take aim with Captain America and get in some Nerf target practice!

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Community Spotlight: Superhero Yoga: Your Power Is In Your Breath

Superhero Yoga is excited to be a part of Superheroes and Shuttlecocks! Please stop by our table to learn more about our mission and find out how you can help us bring yoga & mindfulness to kids in our community. You can also sign-up to stay in the loop about upcoming community yoga events hosted by Superhero Yoga, as well as enter a raffle to win Superhero Yoga prizes!

And be sure to check out our mini-yoga sessions led by Superhero Yoga teachers during the evening (specific times below).

For more information, please visit

Superhero Yoga is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to providing consistent yoga instruction to students attending under-resourced schools in the Kansas City area. They train their instructors in trauma-sensitivity and youth yoga, and partner with local elementary schools (Academy for Integrated Arts, Crossroads Academy, Emerson Elementary) to provide regular weekly yoga classes during the school day at no cost to the students or their schools.

Research shows that a regular yoga practice has a measurable positive effect on the brain, including lowered cortisol levels, improved emotional regulation and improved attention. By countering the effects of stress on young brains, yoga empowers young people to learn better during the school day. The earlier a child acquires the tools of practicing mindfulness, the greater the impact on his/her long-term health and success.

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Mini-Yoga Pop-Up Sessions with Superhero Yoga

Interested in experiencing a Superhero Yoga session yourself? Find out what a typical session in their schools are like for yourself by participating in a mini yoga session! No sign-up required.

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Photo Op

Stand out in your superhero get-up with the return of The Photo Bus!

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Drop-in Art Activity: Superhero Masks and Shields

Take on a new persona and make your own superhero mask and shield!

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Radio Station Prize Pack Giveaway

Some lucky Third Thursday winner will win an awesome prize pack from Hot 103 Jamz!

Visit their table in Bloch Lobby for a chance to win!

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Game Lounge

Wind down with puzzles and Marvel and DC-themed board games with friends.

Featured Exhibition Galleries

Queen Nefertari: Eternal Egypt

She was known as The One for Whom the Sun Shines. Discover the celebrated Queen Nefertari, the Great Royal Wife of Pharaoh Ramesses II. Experience the magnificence of royal palaces and tombs, including Nefertari’s burial chamber, considered one of the greatest artistic achievements in the Valley of the Queens. Explore the daily life of the village where tomb builders and artisans lived, worked and worshipped more than 3,000 years ago.

Drawn from the world-renowned Museo Egizio in Turin, Italy, the exhibition will bring together works that present the richness of life in ancient Egypt, focusing on the role of women—goddesses, queens, and commoners.

$18/person. Member discounts apply.

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Beverages and Small Plates

Enjoy small plates, a full bar and an artful experience!

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